Ford Rice to re­sign as East­ern School Dis­trict CEO

The Compass - - OPINION -

The East­ern School Dis­trict an­nounced May 4 that Ceo/di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion Ford Rice will be leav­ing the job at the end of June.

Board chair­man Mil­ton Peach of Car­bon­ear made the an­nounce­ment in a news re­lease.

“Mr. Rice has sub­mit­ted his res­ig­na­tion … to ac­cept a po­si­tion with a school board out­side of New­found­land and Labrador,” said Peach. “I have ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Mr. Rice and thanked him for his con­tri­bu­tion to East­ern School Dis­trict as a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tor.”

In­for­ma­tion on the ap­point­ment of a new Ceo/di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion for East­ern School Dis­trict will be made avail­able by the Board of Trus­tees at a fu­ture time, Peach added.

Rice has served as Ceo/di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion since his ap­point­ment in April, 2009. He has ac­cepted the po­si­tion of su­per­in­ten­dent of schools for the Strait Re­gional School Board in Nova Sco­tia.

Pre­vi­ous to serv­ing as Ceo/di­rec­tor, Rice was as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion (pro­grams) as well as as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion (ru­ral ed­u­ca­tion and cor­po­rate ser­vices) for East­ern School Dis­trict. He has been in­volved in the ed­u­ca­tion pro­fes­sion in New­found­land and Labrador for 31 years.

“I would like to pub­licly thank Mr. Rice for his ex­em­plary ser­vice as Ceo/di­rec­tor, along with his un­wa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion to the stu­dents and staff of East­ern School Dis­trict — the largest school dis­trict in our prov­ince serv­ing over 40,500 stu­dents,” said Peach.

“Mr. Rice, in lead­ing East­ern School Dis­trict over the past three years, has ex­celled in his per­for­mance and in car­ry­ing out the strate­gic plan of our dis­trict as di­rected by the Board of Trus­tees. On be­half of the Board of Trus­tees and em­ploy­ees of East­ern School Dis­trict, I wish him ev­ery suc­cess with his new ap­point­ment.”

Ford Rice (left), Ceo/di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion for East­ern School Dis­trict, is shown in this Com­pass file photo at the con­struc­tion site of a new el­e­men­tary school in Car­bon­ear in Jan­uary 2011. He is shown with Car­bon­ear-har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy and East­ern School Dis­trict board chair­man Mil­ton Peach (right).

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